SRINAGAR: For the fifth day on Sunday, traffic has been suspended on the Srinagar-Jammu highway due to landslides and slippery roads.
Traffic police said heavy rains and snow has triggered largescale shooting stones and landslides. Besides, roads are slippery at many places along the highway.
“Vehicular traffic will remain suspended on Sunday. People are advised not to undertake any journey on the highway till the restoration is completed and the surface is traffic-worthy,” the traffic police said.
Earlier, traffic was briefly restored on Thursday evening and the Jammu bound trucks were allowed to pass the vulnerable stretch. Nearly 1000 trucks from the valley were able to cross the landslide-prone areas before the road was closed again.
Flight operation was again hit at Srinagar airport on Saturday. All 40 flights were canceled due to low visibility and snowfall.
Director, Airports Authority of India, Srinagar, Kuldeep Singh said poor visibility hampered the flight operation on Saturday. “All 40 flights were canceled,” he said.
Five flights were canceled after massive snowfall lashed Kashmir on late Friday afternoon. Srinagar Airport witnessed 6 cancellations on Thursday. Around 35 flights operated with some delays.
MeT said there is an expectation for a gradual decrease in rain and snow from Saturday evening. Significant improvement from Sunday morning,” MeT said.
Kashmir Weather, a private forecasting portal, said the weather system is slowly moving eastwards.
“During the next 18hrs, light rain/snow can occur at a few places [particularly in some parts of Jammu and south Kashmir (30% chances)]. However, for most of the time tomorrow, the weather will stay dry everywhere,” it said.
Generally, cloudy weather is expected, particularly in central Kashmir, south Kashmir, Kishtwar, Doda, Ramban, and Udhampur districts tomorrow. “Though some sunshine is also possible at these places,” it said.